How to start LLVM Social in your town
Here are several ideas you can take into account when designing your specific
Before you start, it is essential to make sure that the meetup is as welcoming
as any other event related to LLVM. Therefore you shall follow LLVM's
`Code of Conduct <https://llvm.org/docs/CodeOfConduct.html>`_.
Other than that - your mileage may vary. Please adapt your social to what works
best for your specific situation.
* We highly recommend that you join the official LLVM meetup organization. In
addition to covering the cost of the meetup, all LLVM meetups are advertised
together and easily found by potential attendees. Please contact
email@example.com for more details.
* Beware of cultural differences: what works well in one region may not work in
other part of the world.
* Do not be alone to organize the meetup. Try to work with a couple other
organizers. This is more motivating as an organizer, and this makes the
meetup more resilient over time.
* Each event can have a different form such as a social event, or
a hackathon/workshop, or a 'mini-conference' with one or more talks. You do
not have to stick to one format forever.
* Whatever format you choose, `LLVM Weekly <http://llvmweekly.org/>`_ is an
excellent topic starter: go through the 3-4 recent LLVM Weekly posts and
prepare a list of the most interesting/notable news and discuss them with the
* Try to advertise via similar meetups/user groups
* Advertise your meetup on the mailing lists (llvm-dev, cfe-dev, lldb-dev,
...). Feel free to post to all of them, or at least to llvm-dev.
But as these mailing lists have high traffic and some LLVM developers are not
very active on them, you may reach more interested people using the mailing
feature from meetup.com.
* Advertise the meetup on Twitter and mention
`@llvmweekly <http://twitter.com/llvmweekly>`_ and
* Announce the next meetup in advance, and remind in one week or so.
* It’s a great idea to have several talks scheduled for several upcoming
meetups to get the ball rolling.
* Keep looking for speakers far in advance, ideally you should have 2-3
speakers ready in the pipeline.
* Try to record the talks if possible. It adds visibility to the meetup and
just a good idea in general. Any modern smartphone or tablet should work, but
you can also get a camera. Though, it is recommended to get an external
microphone for better sound.
Where to host the meetup?
* Look around for bars/café with projectors.
* Talk to tech companies in the area.
* Some co-working spaces provide their facilities for non-profit (i.e., you do
not charge attendees any fees) meetups.
* Ask nearby universities or university departments.
How to pick the date?
* Make sure you do not clash with the similar meetups in the city (e.g.,
C++ user groups).
* Prefer not to have a meetup the same week when the other similar meetups
happen (e.g., it’s not a good idea to have LLVM meetup on Thursday after
C++ meetup on Wednesday).
* Meetups on weekends may attract people who live far away from the city,
but the people who live in the city may not attend.
* Make a poll, but beware that not every responder will join (we had ~20 votes
on the poll, while only ~8 people attended).